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Raila dismisses Ruto as untrustworthy

By Justus Karanja

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It was a busy weekend for top presidential aspirants as they went for each other’s jugular in hunt for votes.

In Murang’a, ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga (pictured above) dismissed his main rival, Deputy President William Ruto as untrustworthy, arguing he cannot be trusted with leadership since he is surrounded by corrupt people.

Speaking during Azimio la Umoja rally at Ihura Stadiu, Raila did not mince his words, likening Ruto to a hyena saying his tenure in government is riddled with corruption.

Raila said Ruto has now partnered with other corrupt leaders so that they can fleece the country.

“I know these people; I have worked with them in Government. I made one of them Minister for Agriculture (Ruto) but he could not deliver so I sacked him,” he said.

He warned Kenyans to be wary of such leaders saying Kenya deserves better.

Raila mobilised the people of Murangá to register as voters and vote for him on 9th August saying the region should reciprocate the good gesture he has shown them since independence.

He said if elected President, he will fight corruption and ensure all government funds are utilised appropriately.

The ODM leader downplayed the Bottom-up economic model associated with Ruto, saying he has a better plan for Kenyans.

He said the Baba Care programme will ensure Kenyans from all walks of life have access to quality healthcare without discrimination.

Raila further noted that his government will avail loans for small and micro businesses that will be payable after seven years.

He said his government will set aside a social care kitty that will cater for single mothers to economically improve their lives.

Leaders present among them Roads Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, Murangá Woman Rep Sabina Chege and Mathioya MP Peter Kimari assured Raila of their support in his bid to be the 5th President of Kenya.

During the event Raila was presented with a memoranda by Murangá leaders as well as shoes which Sabina said will enable him climb the mountain.

 And in Ukambani, Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua joined Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Kanu Chairman Gideon Moi for a rally in Machakos, hinting at a possible alliance.

Karua said the 2022 contest will shape Kenya’s destiny saying, “you can’t cannot leave or let a hyena watch over your sheep.”

This even as Kalonzo said his supporters have implored him not to support anyone saying he must be on the ballot.

The two spoke as the One Kenya Alliance wound up their three-day tour of Ukambani as they regroup following the exit of ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi and FORD Kenya Party Leader Moses Wetangula who have now teamed up with UDA.

And in Kirinyaga, Ruto likened Raila to a political conman, saying he has never kept his promises to those who have stood with him.

Ruto said Raila has deceived Kalonzo, Mudavadi as well as Wetang’ula.

He said they will continue supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta in service delivery but will not be pushed to support Raila.


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